Jury to deliver verdict for fight resulting in loss of sight
THE jury will retire to deliberate on Wednesday, as the trial of Joshua Ryan Breslin edged towards a verdict on Tuesday.
Breslin is on trial for doing grievous bodily harm to Bryce Liddell, at a 21st birthday party on July 26, 2008, at Wallabys Rugby League ground.
Breslin and Mr Liddell were involved in a fracas which resulted in Mr Liddell losing sight in one eye, as a result of a punch thrown by Breslin.
Crown Prosecutor Brendan Manttan called on Garth Liddell, father of the victim, to give evidence in Gladstone District Court Tuesday, before Breslin took to the witness box to give his side of the incident.
The defence presented a very different version of the events alleged by the Crown.
Defence barrister Tom Polley argued that Mr Liddell had in fact been the instigator of the fight, king-hitting Breslin, who in turn threw punches to defend himself against the attack.
When asked why he hadn't reported the king-hit to police, Breslin stated that he did not think it was a serious issue at the time, as he was unaware of the injuries sustained by Mr Liddell.
"I didn't know it was a huge issue at the time so I didn't go to the police," Breslin said.
The Crown argued the following text messages and calls received by Mr Liddell from Breslin were an admission of guilt, but the defence said Breslin was shocked when he had heard the injuries suffered and was calling to check if what he had heard about Mr Liddell's condition was correct.
Judge Brendan Butler began his summary of the trial Tuesday afternoon, with a verdict expected Wednesday.